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December 25, 2016

the verification card from MRT radio (Miyazaki, Japan)

Miyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Oita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west.

The capital is Miyazaki City.

I’ve been to there only once, more than 20 years ago.


(Miyazaki pref)


(Miyazaki tourist information)


(Miyazaki and vicinity from JNTO site)



Phoenix Seagaia Resort

The Seagaia Ocean Dome, was one of the world's largest indoor waterparks, located in Miyazaki.

The Polynesia-themed Ocean Dome, which was a part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort, measured 300 meters in length and 100 meters in width, and was listed on the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1993, and visitor numbers peaked in 1995 at 1.25 million a year.

The Ocean Dome sported a simulated flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and the world's largest retractable roof, which provided a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day, and the air temperature was always held at around 30 °C (86 °F) and the water at around 28 °C (82 °F)


(Phoenix Seagaia Resort)



the bldgs. of Seagaia (from Wiki)



Solaseed Air

Solaseed Air, incorporated as Solaseed Air Inc. is a low-cost airline headquartered on the property of Miyazaki Airport.

It operates services mainly between destinations on Kyushu and Tokyo, changed its branding to Solaseed Air in 2011.


(Solaseed Air)



an aircraft of Solaseed air (from Wiki)




Steeped in myth and legend, Takachiho has been known since ancient times as a sacred ground where the gods descended to earth.

The area is also famous for ‘yokagura’, sacred dance rituals reenacting the legends, which are performed in the fall and early winter.

The sheer gorge running through a basin surrounded by steep green mountains is the highlight of a magnificently variegated terrain that presents fresh beauties with the changing seasons.


(Takachiho sightseeing)



Miyazaki Broadcasting Company is the only MW broadcaster headquartered in this pref.

MRT is the abbreviation of 'Miyazaki Radio & Television'.

Their radio service (MW) frequency is 936kHz and the primary transmitter is located in Miyazaki City. (JONF / 5kW)

The frequency of main and  repeaters (relays) are all synchronized, six transmitters are sited in Nobeoka City (1kW), Takachiho (1kW), Nichinan City (1kW), Kobayashi City (1kW), Miyakonojo City (100W) and Kushima City (100W).

Their complementary (supplementary) FM is now available on 90.4MHz from Miyazaki City.(1kW)

The repeater of FM in Nobeoka (94.7MHz / 100W) is planned to open in 2017.


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)





I received their service on FM in last May in the Kagoshima airport.

This airport is near the border between Miyazaki pref and Kagoshima pref.


the card 



December 23, 2016

Rob’s article appears on WRTH2017!

Rob Shepherd, a menber of ARDXC, based in QLD Australia, one of benevolent cooporators of this blog, contributed the article titled ‘A Pacific Radio Adventure’ to WRTH2017.

It’s my extremely great pleasure to find out his description on WRTH!


Apart from holidays, he doesn't listen as much as he'd like, probably listens a couple of times per month.

However, he owns an authentic communication receiver NRD-535D (by JRC).

He used to work in IT field like me, his wife's sister had a young Japanese house mate living with her in Brisbane.

He said they were so creative in all aspects of art and especially making cards.

As it happens, my wife had studied in Brisbane for nearly 10 years, so she knows around this city inside out.


(Rob’s contributions on this blog)


















the article


December 17, 2016

the WRTH2017 joins!

I've just received the 'WRTH2017' today, known as the only almanac directory of global broadcasting.


It's one of essential matters for listening local stations worldwide, accordingly the part titled 'National Radio' makes myself useful.

From it, state broadcasters are listed first followed by major networks and then other stations.

Why don't you savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

Local broadcastings gain a glimpse of better understanding trends in local culture.


I'm not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

Actually, the part titled ‘International radio’ dramatically decreases than that of last year’s edition!

I've heard that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cease their all SW services at the end of next month.

It’s really trend of the times.

Inevitably, there has been a further reduction in SW broadcasting over the past year. Instead, local FM and digital broadcastings (like DAB, HD Radio...) have even more wanted!


the WRTH2017 with my SRF-V1BT 



in my bookshelf


December 12, 2016

From Joerg Klingenfuss (Dec. 2016)

I've received a mail from Joerg, owner of the publishing company, Klingenfuss Publications, located in Tuebingen, Baden-Wurttermberg, Germany.

Let me introduce it in this post.


He wrote that only recently, dozens of Kiwi-SDRs worldwide covering the complete 0-30 MHz spectrum have been linked at http://www.sdr.hu

This is the new ‘Open Web RX’ project of András Retzler (HA7ILM) in Hungary with the superb Kiwi-SDR user interface for the Beagle Bone computer board.

Sounds like great!


Joerg thinks it’s simply great for the reception of HF utility radio stations, and even NAVTEX on MF, from interesting locations all over the world.

Decoding results are excellent and hundreds of new screenshots have been published in their 2017 editions - see some samples on our hot-frequencies website!


Currently, NOAA sunspot numbers are fluctuating between 0 and 50, with the solar cycle minimum expected for 2019.

Anyway, they'll see good to fair high-frequency (HF) long-distance propagation conditions throughout 2017 and far beyond.


Their all new products for 2017


- 2017/2018 Guide to Utility Radio Stations

- 2017 Shortwave Frequency Guide

- 2017 Super Frequency List on CD

- 2017 Frequency Database for the Perseus LF-HF Software-Defined Receiver

- 1997-2017 Digital Data Decoder Screenshots on USB Stick


They have been published since December 7.

They've worked around the clock and hundreds of advance orders have been mailed by December 9, i.e. well in time for the Christmas holiday and radio monitoring season.

Full A4 size sample pages of all publications can be found on our continuously updated website


(Joerg’s site)




There you can download the new 2017 catalogue as well, plus detailed product descriptions, and a list of dealers worldwide, from Australia to the US.

Alternatively, you may ask for our free 24-pages 2017 printed catalogue to your postal address.


He has been an ARRL member for decades; just discovered a ‘Member Spotlight’ on KD9XB, the man behind Voice of America's revolutionary RADIOGRAM, in the December issue of QST on page 13.

December 11, 2016

the verification card from Nippon hoso (Tokyo, Japan) and Chiba Pref.

There're three MW commercial (private) stations headquartered in Tokyo, the TBS Radio (JOKR), Bunka-hoso (JOQR) and Nippon-hoso(JOLF).

'Hoso' means 'broadcasting' in Japanese.

I already posted the article which was about TBS, so I'd like to introduce JOLF and Chiba Prefecture in this time.

(TBS radio and Tokyo Sky-tree)



In Chiba, no commercial MW station but the JOLF's MW transmitter is available. (In Kisarazu City)

This prefecture is located in the Kanto region (the Greater Tokyo Area)

The sixth most populous  and 27th largest by land area, is on the east coast of Honshu (the main island of Japan) and largely consists of the Boso Peninsula.

It encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay and the capital is Chiba City.

Because Chiba is close to Tokyo, several 'Tokyo's in this pref.

(Chiba Pref)


(Kisarazu City)



New Tokyo international airport - Narita Airport

Most Tokyo-bound visitors arriving on international flights land in this airport (NRT), which is situated in Narita City in the north of the prefecture, and connected to Tokyo by the East Japan Railway's Narita Express and the Keisei Electric Railway's Skyliner.


The building of terminal 3 (from Wiki) opened last year, for LCC passengers



【Tokyo Disney Resort

Opened in 1983, in Urayasu City, quite near to Tokyo central.

The primary employer in the city is The Oriental Land Company and businesses related to there.

(Tokyo Disney Resort)



from Wiki



【Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line

Its a bridge–tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay, connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu.

With an overall length of 14 km, it includes a 4.4 km bridge and 9.6 km tunnel underneath the bay - the fourth-longest underwater tunnel in the world!

(Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line)



the 'Umi-hotaru' (means 'an ocean firefly') in  parking area (an artificial island) from Wiki



JOLF (Nippon hoso) or Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc. is a Japanese radio station, founded in 1953.

Together with Nippon Cultural Broadcasting it is a flagship station of the National Radio Network.

They also has a relationship with Fuji Television, both being part of the Fuji-sankei Communications Group.

(JOLF - Nippon Broadcasting System)



Their radio service (MW) frequency is 1242kHz.(100kW), no repeaters or relays right now.

The target areas, same as the other two stations, are Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki in Kanto region.

Their new complementary FM service (on 93.0MHz / 7kW) commenced in Dec 2015. (still no repeaters or relays)

(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)





Their FM service is transmitted from the tower named 'Tokyo Skytree', same as the other two stations, one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Tokyo.


I think their MW service might be widely heard in Pacific region.

I mean, the transmitting power is high (100kW) and the site is located near the Tokyo Bay and Pacific Ocean.

However, it seems that not so easy to be heard in SE Asia.

Because the Voice of Vietnam’s external service is now active (high-powered! 500kW) on the same frequency.





December 04, 2016

the verification card from RKB radio (Fukuoka, Japan) and Kita-kyushu City

Fukuoka Prefecture is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, the capital is Fukuoka City.

It is the most populous city on the island and the largest city and metropolitan area west of Kei-han-shin.(around Osaka)

There're two private (commercial) MW stations headquartered in Fukuoka, KBC radio and RKB radio.

I've already described KBC and Fukuoka City, so that let me introduce RKB and Kita-kyushu City in this time.


(KBC radio and Fukuoka City)



'Kita-kyushu' means 'Northern Kyushu' in Japanese, is one of two designated cities in Fukuoka Prefecture, together with Fukuoka City, with a population of over 1 million people.

I'd lived in a central part of Fukuoka City for one and a half years, so I've been to Kita-kyushu many times.


Kurosaki area of Kita-kyushu (from Wiki)



The city was founded in 1963, was born from the merger of five municipalities (Kokura, Moji, Tobata, Yahata and Wakamatsu) centered around the ancient feudal city of Kokura.


Kokura station of ‘Sanyo Shinkansen’ (a high-speed rail) is the main gateway of this city, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West)



The present Kita-kyushu Airport opened in 2006.

It is larger than the previous airport and supports 24-hour operations, thanks to its location on an artificial island in the Seto Inland Sea.

A new airline based in the city called 'Star Flyer' began operations when the airport opened. (ANA group)


an aircraft of Star Flyer (from Wiki)



(Fukuoka Pref)


(Kita-kyushu City)


(Star Flyer Airlines)



Other Fukuoka related posts on this blog are as follows;


(the band scan in Tsushima island near Fukuoka)



(the reception comparison between Fukuoka and Busan)


(Fukuoka and Busan)


(my past receiver (Grundig G3) in Fukuoka)



RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corporation is owned by Mainichi Broadcasting System, Mainichi Shimbun and the Aso Group.

The initials 'RKB' stand for 'Radio Kyushu Broadcasting', the station's former name is a TV Asahi Corporation-affiliated broadcasting station headquartered in Fukuoka.


Their primary MW frequency is 1278kHz (50kW / JOFR) from Fukuoka City and Wide-FM is 91.0MHz (1kW).

The MW and FM repeaters (relays) are as follows;

Kita-kyushu City, 1197kHz (JOFO / 1kW) and 91.5MHz (250W)

Yukuhashi City, 1062kHz (100W) and 94.8MHz (30W)

Itoshima City, 94.6MHz (100W)

Omuta City, 1062kHz (JOFE / 100W)


(RKB Mainichi broadcasting)


(the complementary/supplementary FM - explanations on this blog)



(The current status)



Their complementary (supplementary) FM service commenced in March 2016, same as KBC radio's.


The photo of the verification card is Mr.Takumi Sato, a broadcaster of RKB radio, is assigned ‘WideFM ambassador'.. The slogan is 'Let's listen RKB by FM '


December 03, 2016

A 'Broadcasts in English' B16 issue

A 'Broadcasts in English' is a magazine, twice in a year, issued by BDXC.

The B16 version has been available since last week.

It's one of my favorite and useful references.


(The explanation of it)



It is compiled by BDXC's Dave Kenny, Tony Rogers and Alan Roe, includes details of all known international broadcasts in English on shortwave and mediumwave for the current schedule period, as well selected domestic English-language broadcasts on short wave.

The 32-page booklet is in a handy time order throughout and covers all target areas worldwide.

Transmitter sites are included where possible along with schedules for Media & Mailbag Programmes and Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) services in English.

This edition also includes an hour-by-hour guide to external services in English which are available online as well as a very comprehensive guide to music programming available on shortwave.

It includes not only SW but streaming, on demand and podcast services.

 That's why quite helpful for me!


It’s price (includes postage) is UK £3; Europe £4, €5, $US6 or 5 IRCs ;

Rest of World airmail £5, $US7 or 6 IRCs.

A pdf version also available on request at the UK price.


British DX Club, 10 Hemdean Hill, Caversham, Reading RG4 7SB, the UK.


the cover of this issue


December 02, 2016

The recent posts of 'travel_and_listening' as of Dec. 1 2016

Why don't you savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

The recent (over a half year) posts of 'travel_and_listening' category are as follows;


Posted yyyy/mm, location, (the cooperator)


2016/12 Bratislava, Slovakia (Chrissy Brand)



2016/10 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (Koji)



2016/09 Tsushima island, Nagasaki pref, Japan (Koji)




2016/09 Majorca island, Spain (Keith C Howells)



2016/07 Gotemba, Shizuoka pref, Japan (Koji)



2016/07 Auckland, New Zealand (Rob Shepherd)



2016/07 Tahiti, French Polynesia (Rob)



2016/07 Valparaiso, Chile (Rob)




2016/06 Corfu, Greece (Keith)




I should say 'Thanks a lot!' to all cooperators.


Chrissy and her PL-380


December 01, 2016

FM in November 2016 (in Bratislava, Slovakia)

A principal member of BDXC, Chrissy Brand, based in Manchester, went to Bratislava (Slovakia) last month, and checked for changes since she was last there in March 1993.

She said that some good, some bad but key buildings, monuments, trams and history remain.

Also she was a guest of an English language program (WRT the future of Short Wave) at Radio Slovakia International.


The following URL is the post titled 'Autumnal update' on her blog 'DX International'.



As pertains to her, the follwoing posts are available on this blog.


(Radio listening in Canary islands, Spain)


(FM band-scan in St.Peterburg, Russia)


(FM band-scan in UT, the U.S.)


(FM band-scan in Hamilton, ON, Canada)


(FM band-scan in NY, the U.S.)


(Chrissy and her PL-380)


(Appear on DX international Radio)



Chrissy in Bratislava



In Bratislava, one evening, she did a quick FM band-scan and could hear the following local stations, and a few from over the border in Austria.

Bratislava located nearby the border between Austria and Slovakia, no more than two hours by car from Vienna.


MHz / Station and programme details


89.3 RTVS RFM, live Slovak rock concert

89.9 Ő2 R Wien, Folk, acoustic mx GG //97.9

90.1 Rockora Republika,Solsbury Hill//92.6 106.1

90.6 R Best FM, 'Share This' by Ardice //105.5

91.2 RTVS R Slovensko, talk //96.6

91.6 Unid, Slovak talk, poetry

92.0 Ő1, Fritz Wunderlast 1930s mx, GG

92.3 R SiTy, Slovak pop and rock mx

93.8 R Lumen, rock mx

94.3 Fun Radio, Slovak hits // 94.6

94.9 R Viva Metropol, ID, electronica mx

98.9 R Slovakia Int in six languages incl EE

98.9 R Patria (shared freq with RSI

99.3 RTVS R Regina, current pop mx //102.2

99.9 Ő3 Hit Radio, Euro pop //88.2

100.3 R Antena Rock, rock mx

101.1 R Viva Metropol, misc

101.8 R Vina 'The Final Countdown' song

103.6 Radio 7, talk

104.4 RTVS R Devin, talk, readings

104.8 Europa 2, misc mx

106.6 R Jemne, Adele song


the card which I received from RSI





DX International

  • DX International
    By Chrissy Brand, based in the UK. Contains a selection of Chrissy's articles mostly published in Radio User (the UK based monthly magazine)

British DX Club

  • BDXC official web site
    Since 1974 (as the Twickenham DX Club) The more appropriate current title was adopted in 1979. We now a large UK-based membership as well as a substantial number of overseas members.

Australian Radio DX Club

World Radio Map

Seoul Radio Listening Guide

  • The Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide
    This is a three-hour documentary broadcast narrated by Chris Kadlec (based in MI, the US) that looks at the AM band as heard in Seoul, Korea after dark.